Rapid Reaction: NC State 66, G'town 63
March, 18, 2012
By Myron Medcalf | ESPN.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Instant analysis of NC State's 66-63 win over Georgetown.
Overview: NC State started cold. In the first 10 minutes, 9 seconds of its third-round matchup against Georgetown at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, it recorded just two field goals. But Georgetown hit an offensive roadblock, too.
The Hoyas surged ahead to a 25-15 margin with 5:08 remaining in the first half, but Henry Sims’ early foul trouble limited the 6-foot-10 center to just six minutes of action before halftime.
They missed his defensive presence during the Wolfpack’s 15-2 run that resulted in a 30-27 halftime lead for NC State. The Wolfpack kicked off the second half with a 13-5 run (28-7 overall) that put them ahead by 11.
Four NC State players recorded double figures in the game. Hollis Thompson (23 points) was on fire for the Hoyas, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Wolfpack.
But Georgetown did make it interesting in the final minute.
Georgetown closed the gap, and after Lorenzo Brown missed the second of two free throws, the Hoyas had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. But Jason Clark air-balled a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Brown’s two clutch free throws with 10 seconds to play gave the Wolfpack a four-point lead. His teammates carried him off the floor after the win.
Turning point: When Georgetown took that 10-point lead in the first half during NC State’s drought, the Hoyas looked like they were ready to go for the kill. But they didn’t. They relaxed and the Wolfpack returned fire in the form of a 28-7 run that started in the first half and ended in the second.
Key player: C.J. Leslie scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, blocked three shots and recorded two steals. Both Scott Wood and C.J. Williams scored 14 points, too. Richard Howell had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Key stat: The Hoyas committed nine turnovers in the first half. NC State's first-half rally was anchored by a 14-6 scoring advantage in the paint. … The Wolfpack went 7-for-15 from beyond the arc.
Miscellaneous: This was Georgetown’s third consecutive loss to a double-digit seed in the NCAA tournament.
What’s next: NC State will face the winner of Kansas-Purdue in its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2005.